Amit Shah launches special program to speed up immigration services

Amit Shah on Saturday launched a special program that will expedite the immigration process of pre-verified Indian citizens and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders. (Photo: PTI)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched a special program that will expedite the immigration process of pre-verified Indian nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders, an official said.

The Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Traveler Program (FTI-TTP) is a “visionary initiative” of the government, carefully designed for Indian nationals and OCI cardholders, the official said.

Eligible persons must apply online and submit their biometric data (fingerprint and facial image) along with other required information as specified in the application form.

The FTI registration is valid for up to five years or until the validity of the passport, whichever comes first, he said.

Approved applications will receive a message to schedule an appointment to provide their biometric data. Applicants can provide their biometric data at designated international airports in India or the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) as per the schedule of prior appointment.

Biometrics are mandatory for processing the application, the official said.

Applicants can ensure a minimum passport validity of at least six months when applying for the FTI-TTP. A programmer’s membership will coincide with the validity of the passport, he said.

The applicant must provide the current residential address to avoid rejection of the application, another official said.

Incorrect or false information, which conceals material facts in the application form, makes the application liable to rejection. These applicants will not be registered for the FTI-TTP whose biometric data cannot be captured for any technical reason, the official said.

The FTI-TTP aims to revolutionize people’s travel experience, making it faster, easier and safer, he said.

This initiative shows the government’s commitment to improving travel convenience and efficiency for all, the official said.

Registration under FTI will be completed after necessary verifications and confirmation of eligibility, he said.

Applicants will be registered after their identity has been successfully verified through mobile OTP and email verification. The Union Home Ministry also shared an email ID for the support helpdesk:

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First print: June 22, 2024 | 2:17 PM IST